This episode is all over the place! Isaac and Charles begin with a discussion about a recent Sam Harris podcast on the ways apps vie for our attention. Sam Harris might have an ASMR voice and Isaac learns about creepy ASMR videos and then complains about annoying Ira Glass-style voices on podcasts like S-Town and Missing Richard Simmons. Charles objects to Isaac's assertion that the government owning less land will ease the housing crisis and Isaac displays his distaste for national parks. A little something for everyone!
Donald Trump's first 100 days have just completed, and Isaac and Charles look back on an old episode from March 2016 where they made a number of predictions about what a Trump presidency would look like. Both are right and wrong about a host of issues, but one thing is for sure: very few people were taking a Trump presidency seriously in those days. Note: this episode was recorded before the most recent Trumpcare bill passed the House. Also discussed: LA hotels that trick tourists, the films of Paul Haggis and Charlie Kaufman, and more!
Ad executive Chris Callahan joins Isaac and Charles for a discussion on advertising. Chris predicts the era of feel-good branding is almost over, and Isaac wonders why so many advertisers seem hell-bent on promoting a liberal agenda when half of their customers might get turned off by such sentiments. The Pepsi ad is naturally dissected, and Chris provides data about who actually buys Pepsi and why Pepsi might have made the ad in the first place. Charles and Isaac yell at each other. Also under the microscope is the 84 Lumber Super Bowl ad, and everyone offers some inappropriate suggestions for how it should have ended. Also discussed: Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer shilling beer, the Heineken and Danish TV ads promoting unity. Music: www.bensound.com
Today's episode is all about Boy Scouts and whether girls should be allowed to join the organization. Charles is a former Boy Scout who attained the rank of Eagle! Leslee is a Girl Scout dropout! Isaac thinks Boy Scouts is creepy! Everyone thinks Girl Scouts is lame, and wonders why that's the case. Is it better for boys to have boys-only spaces, or would adding girls to the mix actually be beneficial for the development of both? And what about transgender boys? This episode will probably offend everyone.
Should people in relationships avoid self-love? Isaac's neighbor Jerrod Brewster comes on the show to talk about this very taboo topic! Everyone shares stories about their first time, from Isaac's Jewish summer camp experiences to Charles's self-love via a Stephen King book. All of these revelations plus a discussion on whether porn is bad for all relationships and if cheating is always wrong! Keep your hands to yourselves! Music: www.bensound.com
Leslee Scallon is the cofounder of Dances With Films (www.danceswithfilms.com), an independent film festival in Hollywood and the guest for this week's episode. Leslee gives Isaac and Charles a review of their La La Land episode and provides her own thoughts on this strangely controversial movie. Leslee talks about the origin of Dances With Films and gives some advice for anyone thinking about a making a movie. Charles and Isaac wonder if film festivals have a future and whether too many people are able to make content. Music: www.bensound.com
A subscribers-only meta-episode! Isaac and Charles talk about podcast items exclusively, including Isaac's ongoing online battles, our Facebook group Not Huge Fans, and more! The episode concludes with an argument about what the new theme song should sound like as Isaac and Charles critique each other's music choices: Isaac wants something hard and gritty while Charles wants something silly and whimsical. The conflict is not yet resolved, but they do find one thing they can agree on. Theme song (not for much longer): www.bensound.com
Another round of discussion on the appropriateness of punching Nazis! In the pro-punch corner is returning guest Seth Goldsmith, who situates violence against Nazis as the only way Nazism has been defeated in the past. Isaac provides a definition of fascism that Charles and Seth disagree with. Charles posits the Westboro Baptist Church question again. Isaac makes an odd comparison, and things end with a religious freedom discussion. Music: www.bensound.com
Is it OK to punch Nazis? That's the subject of today's episode. TV writer Cameron Johnson (twitter.com/CameronJAwesome) joins the show once again. This time Charles and Isaac are on the same side: you can't punch anyone just because they're espousing beliefs with which you disagree. Cameron is on the opposite side: yes, you can! Is punching a Nazi actually a form of self defense, and does the fighting words doctrine apply here? Is this a form of political violence, and how does a liberal square that with their political philosophy? All this and more, including the Westboro Baptist Church, and whether Jews are always on the opposite side of Nazis. Music: www.bensound.com
Things start off peacefully as the discussion commences regarding certain creepy Hollywood men and their love of teenage boys. Isaac tells Charles and this week's guest Cameron Johnson (twitter.com/CameronJAwesome) about his theory on how straight behavior is a choice. However, things slowly go awry as Isaac cannot resist his racial bugaboos and things descend down the usual path of all these arguments: What was the purpose of the Civil War? In what ways are movies like Hidden Figures propaganda? Are white people responsible for the sins of their forefathers, or is that even the question? Cameron and Isaac go at it while Charles listens with delight, as will you! Also discussed: MLK and the Invisible Knapsack. Music: www.bensound.com